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Zucchini Overnight Oats

This overnight oats recipe combines shredded zucchini with oats for a nutritious and delicious make-ahead breakfast! Made gluten and dairy free, you’ll love how easy they are to make and the mini chocolate chips on top too!

Of all the ways there are to use zucchini, did you ever think you could use it in overnight oats?! I’m here to say this breakfast recipe might just be your new favorite way to enjoy this summer veggie! Plus in the summer I prefer cold overnight oats to hot oatmeal, you too?

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I’m all about finding different ways to use pumpkin in sweet and savory ways! Since zucchini is in season right now, I’ve been doing the same thing with it and it’s pretty cool just how versatile it is from zucchini fries to zucchini noodles and everything in between!

zucchini overnight oats with mini chocolate chips and peanut butter

Veggies in overnight oats?!

Yes! Am I crazy for putting zucchini in overnight oats?! Maybe a little! But hey if you put frozen cauliflower in your smoothie then putting zucchini in your oats is not a stretch!

Zucchini gives these overnight oats an incredible creamy, chewy (in a good way) texture. The shredded zucchini in the oats really takes on the other flavors! And of course I had to top the breakfast bowl with some creamy peanut butter! (the mini chocolate chips also give it a really nice little touch of sweetness.)

ingredients in zucchini overnight oats

ingredients:

  • old-fashioned oatsfeel free to use gluten-free old-fashioned oats if necessary
  • unsweetened almond milk – or any other non-dairy milk of choice
  • hemp seeds hemp seeds add more plant-based protein and fiber. You can definitely substitute chia seeds or ground flax seed too.
  • zucchinione medium zucchini will give you more than enough for this recipe
  • collagena scoop of collagen mixed into overnight oats gives them more protein. Collagen is great for hair, skin, nails and our gut health. I recommend this one from mindbodygreen.
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • mini chocolate chips
  • nut butter – I always opt for unsweetened versions

utensils/ equipment

If you’re a chocolate fan, a great twist on this overnight oats recipe would be chocolate zucchini overnight oats! I recommend adding 1/2 tbsp cocoa right before adding in the shredded zucchini and mixing together until everything is combined.

If you’re a cookie dough fan, don’t miss this recipe for cookie dough overnight oats made gluten and dairy free with collagen as well.

zucchini nutrition

Zucchini, in season in the summer months, is packed with different vitamins and minerals and super versatile!

Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A and is made up of over 95% water. This high water content contributes to the texture of the overnight oats because the oats soak up the extra water from the zucchini to give these overnight oats that dense, chewy texture.

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zucchini overnight oats with chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter

Zucchini Overnight Oats

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hrs/overnight
  • Total Time: 21 minute
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: breakfast recipes
  • Method: refrigerate
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Zucchini overnight oats is a fun and delicious take on overnights oats! Zucchini adds texture and nutrition to every bite of this oatmeal that is easy to make ahead of time for breakfast the next day.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine oats, almond milk, hemp seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Stir together and add shredded zucchini. Keeping stirring until zucchini is well combined and all of the oats are covered in the liquid. This ensures the best texture when it’s done!
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. In the morning when ready to enjoy top with mini chocolate chips, nut butter, or fruit like banana slices, or berries and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Zucchini Overnight Oats

  1. Ok – I WAS skeptical about zucchini in overnight oats, even as I was making this, but my need to get through my zucchini in anyway possible encouraged me to give this a try… It was so delicious and filling! It was the perfect breakfast to keep me going a day that I know will be non-stop until lunchtime. I added the cocoa powder to go for a chocolate spin, and then added a scoop of vanilla protein powder (instead of collagen) before eating which gave it a bit of sweetness. I was scraping the bowl when it was gone – will be doing this recipe again! Thanks!